# How do you convert 0.000098 into scientific notation?

Jun 18, 2018

$9.8 \cdot {10}^{-} 5$

#### Explanation:

The key realization is that when we write numbers in scientific notation, we want one non-zero digit before the decimal.

In our case, we want it between the $9$ and the $8$, so we must loop the decimal $5$ times to the right. This will be our exponent.

Since we looped the decimal to the right, the exponent will be negative. We get

$9.8 \cdot {10}^{-} 5$

Hope this helps!